4 Reasons to Take a Self-Assessment Inventory

OK, you may be asking what a self-assessment inventory even is? In a few words, it is a “test” that you can take that will help you learn about what you might want to do for a career. The good news is that these inventories aren’t really tests and there are no right or wrong answers. In my opinion, those are the best kinds of tests! The questions focus on who you are, what you enjoy, and what you are good at.

If you’re not already convinced, here are 4 reasons you may want to take one:

You have no idea what you want to do

You know that there are many things that you COULD do for work someday, but nothing seems to be standing out now. You’d love to learn more about options to consider. While no one assessment is a crystal ball, it can point to themes that emerge and industries that you might consider as you design your academic and career paths.

You will have something different and interesting to talk about with your family and friends

The process of taking a career inventory is actually fun and can be a great conversation starter. You will find that other people have taken one before and it might be a hot topic of discussion. Who knows, you might be able to make a great networking connection by talking about your interest areas with friends and family.

You know the things that you enjoy and you are curious about how they might relate to careers

You’ve thought about what you enjoy and wonder if there is a way to actually do that type of activity or work as a career. Oftentimes, how we spend our time and our natural interests and skills can be clues as to what we might pursue professionally. A self-assessment may help you to clarify that connection.

You want to learn more about occupations that exist in the world

Maybe you feel like you can only list off a few occupations, and know there are many more out there, but don’t know what they are called. You can learn a great deal about jobs and industries that are familiar as well as jobs that are new to you or to the world in general.

If you are interested in taking a self assessment, here are four different kinds you can take to get started:

  1. Focus 2: A major and career exploration platform that will guide you through a series of self assessments. Your assessment results are then matched to career and BC-specific major options. To Access: Click “Register” and complete the form. New users will be required to enter the access code: Eagles.
  2. Career Explorer is an interactive platform where career suggestions are presented in real time. You can receive immediate results of occupations that may align with your interests, skills and values and also learn about hundreds of careers. 
  3. 16personalities is used to gain insight on what your personality style is. Talk with a career coach about how to use this information in a career or job search.
  4. The Strong Interest Inventory may be taken after meeting with a Career Center team member and looks at the intersection of interests and college major, activities and careers. 

Exploration career coaches are available at the Career Center to talk with you about your results and next steps. You can make an appointment in Handshake. I encourage you to take advantage of these helpful resources!

–By Julianne Smith, Associate Director, Career Education and Amy Flynn

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